Robotic contests are always a big draw for engineers, and they’re seen as a great way to get youngsters interested in science and technology. Lego Mindstorms are on display in Texas at NIWeek 07, with teams ranging from 11-year-olds and high school students to professional engineers.
They’ll be competing on a course used to teach Ohio State University engineering students how to program. The Mindstorm robots must track a line to find a colored block, then figure out what color it is and deliver it to a bin coded for each color. Teams will be given 45 mins to program their robots.
What should be the perception of a product’s real-world performance with regard to the published spec sheet? While it is easy to assume that the product will operate according to spec, what variables should be considered, and is that a designer obligation or a customer responsibility? Or both?
Biomimicry has already found its way into the development of robots and new materials, with researchers studying animals and nature to come up with new innovations. Now thanks to researchers in Boston, biomimicry could even inform the future of electrical networks for next-generation displays.
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